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  • Horse language -- rearing up
  • Horse rearing during ground work

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    11-27-2012, 06:17 PM
I agree with KayTy on this. I own a horse that would pop up when I got him (usually when I asked him to stop, which might be easier to manage than a horse that rears when you ask them to go forward) and the minute he goes up high and/or he even thinks of going over on me is the same time I find a big old hole for him. Find a professional trainer (its going to cost money) and work with them. There could be a multitude of sins going on and its hard to say which is the trigger. On the ground help with someone familiar with this problem would be the best. I know this is hard to hear but no horse is worth dying over. It doesn't sound like you have to do much to get this mare up. I know you have horse experience and this is not a statement about you as a rider. Its about this horse and you are not safe.

The problem with a horse that flips is that its willing to give up its feet (ie fall vulnerable to the ground) which is something that in the wild is bad and not done.
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    11-27-2012, 06:20 PM
Originally Posted by rookie    
The problem with a horse that flips is that its willing to give up its feet (ie fall vulnerable to the ground) which is something that in the wild is bad and not done.
A horse that would risk injuring itself out of evasion, is a very dangerous horse. I have no time, and too much sanity and love for my family, to risk my life on something that has no hesitation to risk its own.
If a horse won't look after itself, there is no way in hell that it will look after you.
    11-28-2012, 09:50 AM
If you truly want to solve this you need to figure out completely what your horse's motivation for rearing is. You said she rears during groundwork. What is causing the rearing? Is she becoming frightened? Feeling trapped? Not understanding cues and getting overfaced? Did she start it and then get out of work?

Before you would even think about trying to solve the rearing under saddle, you would first need to solve the problem on the ground. Is it always when you are asking her to move forward? In other words, is she evading work by rearing during ground work and because of this has started to try the trick under saddle?

Pay close attention to her body language during rearing. I have seen horses rear as a cute sort of trick with their ears up and looking at you for your reaction. I have seen horses trying to establish dominance and rearing while facing you in a threatening manner. And I have seen horses rearing with their eyes rolling back in their head because they are panicked.

It is very important to understand a horse's motivation when dealing with a problem behavior.

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